It’s not bad enough that poor little “Might” fell out of a window eleven stories up! The misfortune that befell the sweet furbaby didn’t stop there. After the incident, her owners didn’t have the money to cover her medical costs. The family sadly handed her over to the caring souls at Britain’s most famous animal rescue, Battersea. Here they were able to do for her what her heartbroken owners could not.
And after a fall from eleven stories and being separated from the only family ever known, more than just her fragile body need to be healed.
They believe that Might may have landed in a row of bushes below. But what about the belief that cats always land on their feet? Animal Planet explains how this is true in most cases.
Most of the time, a cat will land on his feet when he falls. His body reflexively corrects its course so that by the time he arrives on the ground, his feet are in position to hit first. The height of a cat’s fall determines how well, or how poorly, his legs can absorb the shock of landing.
Veterinarians treating the broken legs and other injuries of cats that survive falls from high-rise apartments noticed that the cats who fell from greater heights, such as more than five stories, often suffered less severe injuries than those falling from just a few floors because the longer drop gave the cats’ bodies more time to right themselves.
So did landing in bushes actually make matters worse for Might? It is certainly possible. It may have been the only thing that saved her life though too. Better to never have to test either theory again!
However it happened, the fall from eleven stories left Might with multiple pelvic fractures.
Might would have a chance at healing IF she could have the surgeries and access to aftercare that would be required. And that is where the bills and estimates of medical treatments started coming in.
So they turned her over to Battersea Canines & Cats Residence in mid-2019. With their doors opening in 1860, the century and a half of experience was exactly what she needed.
Little Might underwent emergency surgery to realign her pelvis once in their care. Their doctors successfully helped Might heal COMPLETELY, even straightening her “skewed backbone”!
Cattery staff chief at Battersea, Rosa Steele, stated, “Might’s swift restoration is verging on miraculous contemplating how far she fell.”
But just because her bones were now back where they should be, she still had quite a challenge ahead of her.
She was placed into foster care where she worked on her physical therapy and healing. It took almost 3 months for her to full heal. However, with the ongoing therapy she may require for life, her original owners knew she needed a different forever home. And Might was officially placed up for adoption.
We’re so very sorry to them for having to make that decision. =(
It didn’t take long for her grateful “tortitude” to shine and reel in some new admirers. Collin Goodhew from Berkshire, happened upon the story and knew he could provide what she needed. And although it wasn’t necessary, she received a new name too; May.
After we brought May home, we tried following Battersea’s recommendation and retaining her in a single room in order that she might get settled in. However after a number of days, it was clear that she desperately wished to discover the remainder of the home. She likes to follow me from room to room and tries to climb everything – including the gap down the side of the bed.
Battersea wants to remind everyone to keep their cats safe from situations like this. As we like to say in our house, “complacency kills”!
Owners who live above ground floor level would do well to remember to keep their easily accessible windows shut if their cat has an adventurous nature, or at least create a barrier to prevent their pet from exploring further if there is a danger of them falling out.